According to our trusty informants at Gothamist Contribute, the maple sugar smell returned for a fourth time last night:

The maple syrup smell is a Canadian conspiracy to get us to buy more maple syrup!
January 27, 2006 12:31 AM

i smell it on 118th street!!
January 27, 2006 12:22 AM

The syrup smell is very strong near La Guardia as well. This is really freaking me out.
January 26, 2006 11:26 PM

cpw at 88th-check
January 26, 2006 11:06 PM

Yes, call 311. I just did, and they said they had received a few calls. No immediate help though, but a report was filed...
January 26, 2006 10:54 PM

I, too, find it ridiculous that this happens, and nothing comes of it. I don't want to be dramatic, but it's NYC for chrissakes! The country's at war, we've been attacked, and a frigging syrup smell blankets the city, and no one figures out why. I just don't get it. Why aren't city, state, and federal officials addressing this. It's the THIRD time!
January 26, 2006 10:53 PM

strong and mapley on E. 89th.
January 26, 2006 10:51 PM

Maple syrup smell: duly noted on West 84th St. WHAT IS IT??? Why always on Thursdays???
January 26, 2006 10:51 PM

Strong maple syrup smell also confirmed on West 84th St. near Central Park. Call 311 and log your location with the NY Environmental Protection Agency if you can smell it too..
January 26, 2006 10:49 PM

Smelling it in Astoria, too. I am so tired of how this keeps getting joked about, especially in the news. It truly scares the hell out of me.
January 26, 2006 10:48 PM

The maple syrup smell is back on E.97th street!
January 26, 2006 10:46 PM

Somebody PLEASE tell us the source of the smell!!!
January 26, 2006 10:45 PM

The syrup smellest is overwhelming on West 88th Street. I'm horrified, yet I'm on my way into the kitchen to retrieve some cake.
January 26, 2006 10:43 PM

We smell maple syrup on E. 92nd!
January 26, 2006 10:32 PM

The syrup smell is back on the UES too! So weird........
January 26, 2006 10:21 PM

This is probably so last year, but the maple syrup smell is back on the UWS!
January 26, 2006 10:11 PM

Now the other times there was the overly sweet smell of something like maple syrup, October 27 and December 8, they were also Thursday nights. And wind was blowing from Jersey-- was that the case last night? And if it was, that seems to validate the New York Times theory, about the smell emanating from the food additive company factories in North Jersey. Could this be a freak Chinese New Year coincidence, with the Money God blowing some sweet fortune our way?